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Today's News

  • Craft brewery taps Shallotte for expansion

    A craft beer brewery has announced plans to locate in Shallotte.

    Red Hare Brewing Co., based in Marietta, Ga., intends to move into the Coastal Drug Store building at 4802 Main St., on the northwest corner of Mulberry Street.

    Red Hare’s second brewery will be the company’s first expansion and is expected to open in the second half of 2017.

    Red Hare founder and managing partner Roger Davis and Bobby Thomas, co-founder and head brewer, said they were heavily influenced by a road trip to visit breweries on the coast of Oregon last year.

  • Threat prompts temporary school lockdown Tuesday

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the source of an unsubstantiated threat that led to the temporary lockdown of Brunswick Community College and sheltering at Brunswick County Academy, South Brunswick High and South Brunswick Middle schools Tuesday morning, March 28.

    The sheriff’s office received a tip about the threat about 10:30 a.m., Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said. Neither she nor sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax disclosed the nature of the threat.

  • Rabon re-files to de-annex Sunset Beach senior complex

    District 8 Sen. Bill Rabon has filed a new Sunset Beach de-annexation bill, this one applying to only one property.

    Rabon, R-Southport, filed Senate Bill 289 on March 15 in Raleigh to remove the 6.22-acre Sunset Creek Commons property at 1401 Seaside Road from the corporate limits of Sunset Beach.

    On March 16, the bill passed first reading in the state Senate and was referred to the Senate Rules and Operations Committee.

  • Wildfire contained, 123 acres burned

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    A wildfire near Boiling Spring Lakes burned 123 acres before being contained by the N.C. Forest Service on Tuesday.

    “It was very intense for a while,” said Shane Hardee, district forester for the N.C. Forest Service, after viewing the area by helicopter Tuesday afternoon. “At this time we are calling the fire contained.”

    The fire was reported Monday, March 27, between 8:30 and 9 p.m. in a wooded area between Charlotte Road and the Sunny Point railroad tracks.

  • Carolina Bays routes still a year away

    CAROLINA SHORES — North Carolina Division of Transportation representatives said proposed routes for the Carolina Bays Parkway are at least a year away from completion.

    More than 100 southern Brunswick County residents attended the NCDOT-hosted meeting Tuesday afternoon, March 28, at the South Brunswick Islands Center.

    Homeowners wanted assurances their tax money wasn’t going to plan a highway that would be built through their residences, their neighborhoods or anywhere in the southern end of the county.

  • Building permit numbers back to Brunswick County peak

    Brunswick County is back to living up to its reputation as one of the fastest-growing counties in the state, if not the nation.

    Residential construction permits in the county and its municipalities surpassed 2,000 permits in fiscal year 2015-16, the first time since FY 2006-07.

    The pre-housing bubble high for the county reached 2,841 residential permits in 2006-07. In 2015-16, the county hit 2,077.

    Builder Doky Saffo knew what he was doing when he built Olde Towne, one of the first subdivisions in northern Brunswick County back in 1980.

  • Belville hires county economic development manager as town planner

    BELVILLE — Belville found the town planner it has sought since March 2015 in Brunswick County’s economic development manager John Allen.

    Allen, formerly the community development specialist for the city of Southport, was hired as Brunswick County’s economic development manager June 27, 2016.

    Allen and his wife moved to Southport, where he joined the city staff in December 2014 after a six-year career as economic director in Mecklenburg County.

  • Carolina Shores anticipates revenue increase

    CAROLINA SHORES — Thanks to new construction, the town is expecting a coinciding revenue boost in the coming fiscal year.

    That was just one of the topics at a town board of commissioners budget retreat last Thursday, March 23, which included review of the budgetary process and timeline, goal-setting and capital projects.

    Town finance director Julie Munday outlined other conditions facing localities, including this will be the second year past re-valuation.

  • Two arrested after robbery, high-speed chase across state line

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Charlotte couple accused of robbing two Horry County, S.C., businesses Friday morning, March 24, after a high-speed chase.

    No one was injured.

  • Avalon subdivision infrastructure completion ends county obligation

    Brunswick County is almost out of the infrastructure development business.

    In December, the county board approved turning over remaining infrastructure bonds to BMR Development Co. after it completed water and sewer, streets and stormwater work for its part of Avalon subdivision off N.C. 211 near Clemmons Road SE.

    The subdivision has two major owners. BMR owns the southern end and Land Limited LLC owns the northern end.

    Known as Avalon of the Carolinas before the housing bubble burst in 2007, it was planned as a subdivision ringing a 2.5-acre pond.